Academic Achievement

Relative to other states, student performance in Connecticut is very high. Eighth graders score 10 percentage points above the national average in the percentage at or above the proficient level on the NAEP reading exam. The national average is 35%.

Academic Achievement for Low-Income and Minority Students

Connecticut earns a failing grade on academic achievement for low-income and minority students. Only 19% of Hispanic 4th graders score at or above the proficient level on the NAEP math exam, well below the national average of 26%. 

Return on Investment

Student achievement in Connecticut is middling relative to state spending after controlling for cost of living. 

Truth in Advertising: Student Proficiency

Connecticut posts mediocre marks on the credibility of its student proficiency scores. The grade is based on the difference between the percentage of students identified as proficient in reading and math on the 2011 state exams and the percentage identified as proficient on the 2011 NAEP reading and math tests.

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Connecticut earns a very high grade preparing its students for college and careers. Eighty-six percent of 9th grade students receive a diploma in four years, and 29 students out of 100 pass an AP exam. 

21st Century Teacher Force

Connecticut does a good job of creating a strong teacher workforce. The Constitution State does well identifying effective teachers, but it needs to improve removing ineffective ones.

Parental Options

Connecticut does a poor job providing parents with strong school choice options. The state has a weak charter school law and limited options.

Data Quality

Connecticut earns a good grade collecting and reporting high-quality education data. The state creates progress reports for student and school achievement and provides funding to support a longitudinal data system. 


Connecticut receives a very poor grade employing technology to provide quality instruction and personalized learning. Students have very limited access to high-quality digital learning options.

International Competitiveness

Connecticut earns a very high grade preparing its students to compete in a global economy, with about 36% of students proficient in reading and math compared with an international standard. 

Fiscal Responsibility

Connecticut receives low marks on fiscal responsibility, with less than half of the state’s pension currently funded.